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Hypnosis Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The standard medical methods currently used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are of some help to the majority of people with the disorder. However, up to half of IBS sufferers are dissatisfied with the results of standard medical management, and many continue to have frequent symptoms after seeing doctors about them. In recent years, other alternatives have been sought to help these individuals. There has been growing interest in the possibility of using the mind to soothe the symptoms of IBS. This article includes a description of hypnosis for IBS and how to select a hypnotherapist.

Topics: Brain-Gut, CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, Fact Sheet, Hypnosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About the Author

  • Olafur S. Palsson, PsyD

    Research Associate, UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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